How many of you have read your child’s Christmas list to find that there is a strong emphasis on electronics (maybe even only electronics)? Do you wish your kids would put down those screens and spend more time with their toys? Do you wish you could spend more time playing together as a family this Christmas? Well I am about to tell you why it is important to increase your family’s face-to-face playtime and how to do this by teaching you some very effective interaction strategies to use with your kids and by recommending some of the most basic, fun toys and games to put under the tree this year.
My name is Renée Laliberté and I am a speech-language pathologist who has used play-based therapy techniques with kids for over 17 years! Play is a topic that is very near and dear to me because it is at the heart of almost every interaction I have with my clients. It is one of the main reasons I love my career – I get to play while I work! I have a lot to say about this topic, so I divided it into a series of four blogs:
- Part One – Tech-time vs Playtime
- Part Two – The Benefits of Interactive Play for Kids and Families
- Part Three – How to Play with Your Child
- Part Four – Toys to Put Under Your Christmas Tree That Inspire Interactive Play for Families